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by Geetesh Bajaj, August 8, 2016

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Prepare Your Presentation: TJ Walker with Geetesh Bajaj
Prepare Your Presentation: TJ Walker with Geetesh Bajaj

How do you start creating a new presentation using PowerPoint or another program such as Keynote, Prezi, or something similar? Do you create a storyboard to start with? And do you create your own slides -- or are you one of those fortunate beings who has a team to create your slides? And if you are indeed part of the latter group, how do you brief your designers? There's a proper way to brief your designers, and we will explore that area as well.

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Snagit 13: Conversation with Chris Larson
Chris Larson

Chris Larson is the Technical Product Manager of Snagit. He joined the TechSmith in 2007 as a User Experience Designer and brings that focus on users to his role on Snagit. He works with a very talented and passionate team that is dedicated to making our customers lives easier with by helping them communicate visually. Chris is a graduate of Michigan State University with a background in Digital Media Arts and Computer Science. In this conversation, Chris discusses the new Snagit 13.

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Presentation Summit Cruise: Conversation with Rick Altman
Rick Altman

Rick Altman is a California-based presentation consultant who has been helping organizations communicate better in public since before Microsoft developed PowerPoint. He has been hosting end-user conferences since 1989 and is the host of the annual Presentation Summit, now in its 14th season. In this conversation, Rick discusses the new Presentation Summit Cruise, 2017 conference, to be held in April 2017 in the Caribbean.

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Shutterstock Plug-in for PowerPoint on Mac: Conversation with Janet Giesen
Janet Giesen

Janet Giesen is Vice President of Business Development at Shutterstock. She runs integrated partnerships, co-marketing initiatives, and data deals for the company. Before joining Shutterstock, Janet managed affiliate and digital media partnerships for American Express OPEN. Janet holds an MBA from NYU's Stern School of Business, a Professional Certification in Publishing from Columbia's School of Journalism, and a BA from Boston College. In this interview, Janet talks about the Shutterstock Plug-in for PowerPoint on Mac.

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FotoJet: Conversation with David Lin
FotoJet: Conversation with David Lin

David Lin is the CEO and founder of PearlMountain Technology Co., Ltd, a dedicated graphics and software development company founded in 2006. Last year, they started their new app, FotoJet online which is now recognized and loved by numerous users, and it was also recommended by the Google Chrome Store this year. FotoJet has over 200,000 registered users worldwide and is focused on collage making, graphics design, and photo editing. In this interview, David talks about FotoJet.

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Learn PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Inserting Dummy Text

Inserting Dummy Text

At some point in time, we all need dummy text to add quickly to our slides so that we can ascertain how a body of text looks or fits within an individual text box or placeholder. There is an undocumented feature in PowerPoint that enables you to add dummy text with just a few keystrokes!

Selecting Text

Selecting Text

PowerPoint and indeed all Microsoft Office programs allow you to work with a particular object only if it is selected. For example, you select a shape to make changes to the shape. You similarly select a chart to edit the chart. And yes, you can select a text container object such as a text placeholder, a text box, or even a shape -- and then make changes to its position, formatting, size, etc. However, this changes the entire object -- and leaves the actual text content within that object largely unchanged. To make changes to the actual text, you first need to select the text separately and then make changes by using the options available within the Home tab of the Ribbon or the Mini Toolbar.

Font Types and Sizes

Font Types and Sizes

Type text within PowerPoint -- and its font type and size are decided for you, based on the Theme applied to your presentation. For example, if you use PowerPoint's default Office Theme, then all your typed text will sport the Calibri typeface. You can quickly change the Theme Fonts set altogether for your presentation, and all text instances will switch to the default typefaces of the new Theme or Theme Fonts set. However, there may be times when you want to override these defaults and choose a typeface that is different, or even a different font size.
Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Advanced Presentation Properties

Advanced Presentation Properties

In PowerPoint, all the Property fields are saved as metadata. This metadata can be very useful in the cataloging and search of presentations and individual slides. In addition to editing or adding the Property content in Backstage view, you can also bring up the same Properties with the Document Panel, as an interface element within PowerPoint 2013 which directly appears above the active slide, and below the Ribbon. Additionally, you can use the Advanced Properties option.
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Want to play a Jeopardy-like game using PowerPoint slides? Yes, this is absolutely doable but making PowerPoint slides with all the interactivity and layouts takes too much work. Fortunately, we have done the work for you. Just download our Jeopardy-like 25 (5x5) question PowerPoint template, replace the placeholders provided for questions, answers, and categories - and you're done! You'll still need a real human being to track scores - and you could soon be playing this amazing game as part of a fun exercise, a training program, or even a quiz show.
This template is entirely Theme aware. Change your Theme colors and fonts - and everything automatically updates. We tested this template in both Windows (2007, 2010, and 2013) and Mac (2008 and 2011) versions of PowerPoint.

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